Happy 99th anniversary to our favorite park!!!
In 2016, LeSourdsville Lake/Americana owner Jerry Couch closed his trailer sales business and donated the park to the City of Monroe. He sold the park's parking lot and the former Fantasy Farm Amusement Park property (with the exception of the Parkside Motel and the current Fantasy Diner & Ice Cream Parlor) to Butler Tech. (Photo: A.J. Fullam)
In 2018, the City of Monroe sought recommendations from the public and hired a firm to develop a concept for the future of the LeSourdsville park land. During this time, many of the buildings such as the candy shop shown here at the main entrance, stood deteriorating. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2018 - the entrance to Kid's World (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2018 - midway and the Serpent roller coaster pad on the right. The grassy area on the far right is part of the lake. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2018 - The Sky Ride station is one of the few structures from the amusement park days that will be utilized in Bicentennial Park. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2018 - the midway in front of the food court building looking towards the Screechin' Eagle roller coaster site. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2018 - the swimming pool with the picnic shelters in the background. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2018 - Iron Horse Train Station with the lake to the right. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2019 - At the main entrance looking at the carousel shelter. The poles on the left were part of the front entrance to the Food Court. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2020 - This retaining wall was in the portion of the lake that separated the swimming area of the lake from the boating area. It originally was built as an anchor the diving board area. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2020 - The midway area looking toward the Sky Ride building on the right and the poles that were at the front entrance of the Food Court. The building just beyond the poles is the park administration building and the future home of the permanent LeSourdsville Lake/Americana and Fantasy Farm museum. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2020 - The picnic shelters will be part of Bicentennial Park after they receive some much needed attention and a coat of paint. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
2020 - All that is left of the Iron Horse Train Station is the landscaping and the shore of the lake on the right. (Photo: Scott Fowler)
The Monroe Historical Society is hosting an exhibit on LeSourdsville Lake/Americana and Fantasy Farm Amusement Park through the end of 2022, featuring a scale-model of the Screechin' Eagle, parts of the physical portion of the park, LOTS of photos and other memorabilia. The MHS is open on the first Saturday of each month through October 2021 from 11am-2pm. There is no admission charge.
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